Sensory

  • eBook: Spicy Perceptions

    Hot and Spicy Food Trends and Industry Insights What is the perception of heat levels in spicy foods? How do these perceptions vary across the globe? Which food applications are ready for spicy innovations? As the leaders in capsicum and pepper extracts, Kalsec conducted new and original consumer, analytical and sensory research to provide food […]

  • October 2019 Trend Brief: Fermented Beverages

    Fermented Beverage Innovation This month we are diving into the fermented trend and looking at a subcategory of this trend – fermented beverages. What comes to mind when you think of the term ‘fermented beverage?’ This trend category ranges from emerging options like kombucha to spiked seltzers and even beer with chocolate – double the […]

  • August 2019 Trend Brief: Snacks

    A [Healthy] Snack Attack Snacking is not a new trend. However, the way that consumers snack is ever-changing. People are all about convenience while still wanting a clean label. They do not want to sacrifice nutrition or health benefits, but they want to be sustained at the right moment in the right place with the […]

  • Food Matrix Matters in Heat Delivery

    Pungency Expression Across Applications When developing spicy food products, understanding how the heat intensity will be perceived by consumers is a complex challenge. Kalsec scientists conducted sensory analysis to understand heat delivery across several different applications and with different fat levels within those applications. Sensory testing was conducted in bratwurst, crackers, limeade and cream cheese […]

  • Market Insight: Global Flavors

    The Growing Preference for Global Flavors Whether consumers seek out experiences through travel, or find them closer to home, more people are enjoying the discovery of new cultures – and many cultural distinctions revolve around foods and flavors. Kalsec predicted that global flavors will be a growing trend at the beginning of 2019, and we […]

  • July 2019 Trend Brief: Ice Cream

    What is Trending in Ice Cream? With summer in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere and temperatures rising, we have ice cream on our mind. While walking the floor at the IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) Expo last month, we noticed a significant number of innovative flavors for ice cream on display. Or maybe the […]

  • IFT 2019 Trend Review

    Feed Your Future with 2019 IFT Trends Many food industry trends were on display to feed your future at this year’s annual Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. From different takes on cajun cuisine and snacks, to alternative proteins and African flavors, IFT 2019 did not disappoint. Our trend experts walked […]

  • Case Study: Shelf Life Extension of Fresh Sausage

    Eliminating the Use of Artificial Preservatives There are high expectations among global consumers that meat and poultry applications should have clean label attributes. Four of 10 consumers are influenced in their food purchases by whether those products contain artificial ingredients.1 Due to the increase in consumer demand for clean label ingredients, a manufacturer of fresh […]

  • Market Insight: Shareable Natural Colors

    Are Your Colors Shareable? With the growth of social media, color is even more important to product development for food manufacturers. Consumers have long lived by the adage, “We eat with our eyes.” From sharing images of what is on our plate to food-centric events, there is a proliferation of food-focused content across social media […]

  • May 2019 Trend Brief: Crafted Infusions

    Craft Food and Beverage Infusions Handcrafted at a premium is a trend that we predict to see more of in 2019. The craft beer movement has led to an increase in diverse flavors within the beer category, just as craft foods are influencing product development. Craft markets are gaining traction in several different areas of […]